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Kiwis out of youth water polo world champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/12/2016

New Zealand's hopes have ended at the youth women's water polo world championships in Auckland, beaten 15-9 by Italy in the first knockout round.

Trailing 9-7 following a tense first half, the New Zealanders struggled with their attack after the break, ending the tournament with three losses.

They opened the tournament with victory over South Africa before losing their other pool games to Spain and Russia.

New Zealand drop to a classification game against Canada on Saturday while Italy advance to the quarter-finals of the 15-nation tournament.

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